By Kathleen Gilbert

October 21, 2010 ( – A victim of China’s coercive one-child policy has offered the world a bitter personal account of the country’s oppressive population control law, which officials have affirmed would continue following its 30th anniversary last month.

Although investigations have pointed to countless similar incidents being carried out every day under the country’s brutal one-child policy, the abuse is usually hidden behind a shroud of secrecy – making Luo Yanqua’s account a rare glimpse into the world of Chinese population control tactics.

The Associated Press picked up the story after the Arabic news network Al Jazeera released a videotaped interview with Luo, who described his futile attempts to save his baby from death, and his wife from unspeakable abuse, at the hands of the Chinese government.

“I tried and tried to save her, from the moment she was taken,” said Luo. “Those 48 hours … I didn’t sleep but three hours. I couldn’t eat. … My whole person, my whole being – I don’t know what to say. I just tried so hard.”

Luo said he rushed home October 10 after he heard his wife Xiao Aiying was taken by “Family Planning officials,” but was too late – she had been dragged away about ten minutes before. “I didn’t know where they had taken her,” he said. “When I finally found the place, they’d locked my wife in a separate room.”

Luo said the couple hadn’t been sure whether they were allowed more than one child – Luo was from the city, while Xiao was from the country – and that he tried to dissuade authorities from aborting the child.

“They told me the one-child policy meant we had to abort the baby,” he said. “I protested. The baby was eight months. That’s a living being. You can’t just get rid of a life.” Authorities gave Luo a day to come up with an alternative solution, but to no avail.

The next day, after his wife failed to pick up her phone, “I knew something was wrong and rushed back to her,” said Luo.

“There were many people surrounding my wife. They held her arms behind her back held her head against the wall, kicked her stomach, I don’t know if they were trying to give her a miscarriage right there and then. Her arms, legs, neck – were all injured. I was so angry. I told them, ‘We haven’t had the chance to even talk about a solution. How can you beat her?'” he said. “For the rest of that day, I had no news of my wife.”

Luo later learned that his child had been killed in utero by lethal injection, leaving only their nine-year-old daughter. “It was only after the lethal injection that they let my wife call me,” said Luo, visibly distraught. “This is the fourth day, and my daughter asks, ‘Where has mother gone and why has she been away?’ My daughter’s been feeling my wife’s belly as it has grown larger and larger over the months. And my daughter says, ‘I’ll have a little brother soon!’

“I dont’ know how I can possibly explain to her what has happened.”

An official told the Associated Press that Xiao’s husband had approved the abortion, but Luo denied the claim. ” “I called the police but they said family planning issues weren’t their responsibility,” Luo told the AP. “I want to sue, but lawyers I’ve asked here say they can’t help me and the media won’t report on our case.”

In the video, Luo despaired at pursuing justice in the totalitarian country. “These were government officials who did this. I’m just an ordinary man, I can’t really fight back,” he said. “If anything they’ll find a way to frame me. You know how it works.” He said he was now worried about his wife, who had still not been released from the hospital where the baby was murdered. The dead baby was reportedly delivered on October 14.

All Girls Allowed, a young organization founded by a leader of the Tiananmen Square democracy movement in 1989, noted that according to China’s own official statistics, at least 35,000 abortions are performed every day, or about one every 2.5 seconds.

“We urge all people and leaders of the free world to view this video and hear the cries of the parents and this unborn child who was simply murdered,” said AGA leader Chai Ling. “How long will the world turn a blind eye to this inhumane policy?”

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